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Gwyneth Paltrow out of THE DANISH GIRL

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
April 19th, 2010

Last week, I attempted to unravel and regurgitate the number of cast and director changes and rumors the FOOTLOOSE remake had cycled through, and today I have a completely different film that’s going to get the same treatment in the wake of yet another star dropping out. Director Lasse Hallstrom’s THE DANISH GIRL has a lost one of its key cast members – Gywneth Paltrow.

The film will revolve around the tumultuous relationship between the receiver of the world’s first sex-change operation (set to be played by Nicole Kidman) and his (then her) wife (the role Paltrow would have played). While Kidman has been attached to play Einar Wegener (who had the world’s first sex-change operation to become a woman in 1930) since last year, the film has had a number of other changes in its gestation from script to screen. Originally, Charlize Theron was to play Paltrow’s now-rejected role of Gerda Wegener, but she dropped out last year. THE DANISH GIRL was first slated to be directed by Anand Tucker (SHOPGIRL), which was then handed over to helmer Tomas Alfredsson (LET THE RIGHT ONE IN), before he dropped out earlier this year, only to be replaced by Hallstrom (who will always be known to me as the director who brought the world the horrific piece of cinematic crap known as DEAR JOHN). Eeesh.

Paltrow is blaming her leaving the project on not wanting to force her two young kids to travel around for the shoot. Fair enough, but the revolving door of directors can’t possibly have added to Paltrow’s excitement about the film. Despite the involvement of Kidman, and a script based off the best-selling book by David Ebershoff, the loss of a lead and the direction of Hallstrom has placed not only the success of this film, but its ultimate feasibility, on some shaky ground with me.

If THE DANISH GIRL does keep going, do you have any ideas for who you would like to see fill Paltrow's role?

Source Cinema Blend

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